You may remember towards the end of last month, there was an iOS 7 concept published by French iFan site, iPhoneSoft. Some blogs liked it, some of the writers on our site liked it. I wasn’t too keen. To me it looked like there was too much going on on the iPhone’s Home Screen. And anyone who knows my iOS habits, knows I have a maximum of two rows of apps and folders on any screen. Plus, the concept got rid of one of the most useful features of iOS: the dock.
The same developers have now tweaked their idea to show what it would look like on an iPad mini, and I think it’s a much better fit. There’s much more screen real estate to take advantage of, and the widgets and shortcut toggles look much more at home on the bigger screen. And, much to my delight, the concept now has a favorite apps (instead of recent apps) area at the top of the screen, which replaces the need for a dock. And – unlike the iPhone concept – the “Apps Zone” is now a drawer which can be hidden using the “dragger” (see below).
This is my idea of iOS perfection, and if there was any way this could become a reality with a jailbreak theme or tweak, I’d download it in a heartbeat. I’ve constantly bemoaned the lack of ability to hide apps away, and the lack of shortcut toggles to switch essential services and connections on or off. This answers both of those issues for me.
As an added extra bonus, this concept includes the ability to multitask apps and have them running side-by-side on the same screen. Not a deal breaker for me, but I know some people would love this functionality on iOS. Whether or not Jony Ive and his team will adopt these ideas isn’t worth considering. But, there’s nothing wrong with dreaming. Right?
Via: iPhoneSoft (Google Translate)